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Governor Walker Names October 2016 as School Principals and Assistant Principals Recognition Month

In an exec2016-principal-month-walker-proclamationutive proclamation Governor Walker recognizes the vital role principals hold in the education of Alaska students and proclaims October 2016 as School Principals and Assistant Principals Recognition Month.

October is also acknowledged annually as National Principals Month by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators.

National Principals Month is an opportunity to say “thank you” to principals everywhere and to share with the community all the great work that principals do.  The key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal. A social media campaign is held during tprincipal-light3 web2he month with the hashtag #ThankAPrincipal used to share appreciation of your principal and assistant principal via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The crowning event of School Principals and Assistant Principals Recognition Month is the annual Alaska Principals’ Conference. The Alaska Principals’ conference will be held at the Anchorage Sheraton Hotel October 23-25, 2016. This year marks the 50th annual conference. The theme is “Light and Lead” and will feature keynote speakers Jimmy Casas and Christopher Kai. For more information about the conference visit the conference registration website at www.regonline.com/akprincipal2016. The annual conference is hosted by the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals (www.ak-principals.org) and the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals (www.alaskaprincipal.org).

Read the full executive proclamation from Governor Walker here: 2016-principal-month-walker-proclamation

Message from President Mary McMahon

Welcome to the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals website.

We are here to support and serve our membership in the greatest capacity possible, as it is our mission to promote excellence in school leadership. New research on measuring the impact of highly effective principals indicates that the key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal.

It is with tremendous humility and honor that I serve as your president. I believe strongly in the work we do.  I know that it takes a principal, who is passionate, hard-working, humble and kind, to serve our schools best.

Wishing you all an amazing school year!

Mary McMahon, President